Down Among the Sticks and Bones tells a part of what happened before Every Heart a Doorway, in particular the story of the twin sisters Jack and Jill before them living in the Eleanor West’s house for Wayward Children.
Jacqueline was educated as her mother’s perfect girl: be a little princess, do not get dirty and don’t be noisy.
Jillian, on the opposite, was educated as her father’s son he did not get: a bit of a tomboy, able to play with other boys, never mind the dirt and the noise.
Too bad that both Jacqueline and Jillian were unhappy about this arrangement, so the door that opened them a magic – and a bit horrific – world was the perfect opportunity for an adventure.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a short and compelling novel, that works also as a standalone. The readers who already met the children living in Eleanor West’s house will find here again a mix of magic and horror, an unsettling atmosphere, a delicious dark tale.
* Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆
*I read this book in english